My wife bought a 2012 Outback. It is not my primary carrier for canoes and kayaks, but I wanted to be able to use it for this purpose as well so I put a Thule Rack on top.
However, after doing so I started to question this decision. The car does have a factory rack that apparently you can get J cradles and now even gunwale style canoe carriers.
So do I need the after market Thule Rack? Does it really give me anything more than what I already have in the factory rack?
Specifically I plan to use the Yakima bow down cradles for carrying kayaks. Does anyone use these in conjunction with the factory rack on the Outback?
Just seems that the aftermarket rack may not be necessary and that I may be able to unload it and get some cash that I could use for some more needed paddling accessory.